- Written by Mark Kuhar
The Senate voted 79-16 to temporarily extend through March 4 federal highway and transit programs as well as appropriations for the U.S. Department of Transportation and other government agencies, according to The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials . The House of Representatives concurred and sent the bill to President Barack Obama for his signature. Funding for the federal government under the current continuing resolution was due to expire, and temporary authorization for highway and transit programs is scheduled to lapse Dec. 31. This stopgap measure is the sixth short-term extension of surface transportation authorization law "SAFETEA-LU," which originally expired Sept. 30, 2009.